Ray Wyre was often called upon by the media to provide 'expert opinion' in relation to the possibility
of paedophile abduction.
On 27 January, The People newspaper printed an article by Wyre, in which he pronounced
that the McCanns were 'totally innocent'.
However, his methods were controversial and drew widespread criticism.
Particularly his committed belief in Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) and his belief that 'masturbation satiation' should
be mandatory in the treatment of male sex offenders.
Ray Wyre was born on November 2, 1951. He died after a stroke
on June 20, 2008, aged 56.
Ray Wyre: expert on sex crimes and police adviser
June 30, 2008
Ray Wyre was one of the world's leading experts on sexual crime. He was renowned for his pioneering
work with people who sexually abused children and championed the idea that, for a society that rarely locks anyone up for
life, rehabilitating offenders — rather than punishing them — was the only effective way to prevent reoffending.
In 1988 he founded the Gracewell Clinic, the world's first residential clinic for sex offenders. It was controversial,
and in fact was closed after five years, but Wyre believed that the ideas behind it were sound: "People say that abusers
don't deserve therapy and that they should be locked up and the key thrown away." he said in 1995. "But these
people are forgetting the children. We are not working for the offender but for the children, because they never defend themselves."
Wyre was also called as an adviser in important police investigations and court hearings. He had an extraordinary
ability to enter the mind and world of suspected offenders, whatever their techniques to avoid it, and among the landmark
cases he worked on was that of Robert Black, who at the time had been sentenced to life imprisonment for a vicious sexual
assault; Wyre was asked to assess Black by his defence lawyers and Black cancelled his appeal on reading the report; he was
subsequently convicted of the murder of three girls.
Wyre also worked on the case of Fred and Rosemary West, interviewing
one of their surviving children, Anne Marie.
Ray Wyre was born in Hampshire in 1951. His father was a chief petty
officer, and Wyre joined the Navy at the age of 15. When he was later discharged because of trouble with his feet he went
to theological college and became a volunteer warden at a working men's hospital. He abandoned the idea of ordination
and was taken on as a trainee probation officer at Winson Green prison in Birmingham, where his first client happened to be
a sex offender.
From 1981 to 1986 Wyre worked with Category A prisoners at Albany prison on the Isle of Wight.
He appeared to be immune to shock, a quality which gave him credibility among the prisoners as he took his first steps to
understanding and interrupting their distorted thinking.
During this time he pioneered group therapy for sex offenders,
simply by giving three or four of them appointments at the same time. He later remembered that he was "always fighting
the system because nobody wanted me to do this sort of work. They thought sex offenders were one-offs and wouldn't do
it again; they didn't understand that it's a lifelong pattern of behaviour and unless people go through therapy while
in prison they'll go straight out and resume where they left off." During this time he co-wrote Women, Men and Rape,
which was praised for its pyschological insights.
He eventually moved to Portsmouth where he established a hospital-based
programme. He resigned from the Probation Service, set up as a self-employed counsellor and within a few months had 20 clients,
who attended voluntarily.
He soon found that the work was not financially viable, but through his accountant he
met Trevor Price, a Midlands property entrepreneur, who enabled him to found the Gracewell Clinic in two houses in a suburb
of Birmingham. Initially, it took referrals from the Probation Service, but it later accepted men who had not been charged
but wanted help. He drew around him other practitioners committed to child protection and devised a programme of skilful questioning.
There was a refusal to allow any shifting of blame to a victim, and therapy included resident offenders challenging the belief
systems of new or more resistant arrivals. Wyre was much inspired by four months he spent on a Churchill Fellowship in the
US with the FBI, studying the treatment of rapists and murderers there. "I am motivated by curiosity," he once said.
"I'm fascinated by people, I want to know how they tick and how I tick. It’s a journey you’re both on,
together; therapy isn’t something you do to someone else. It's about trying to get through to people's feelings."
One witness said of a 35-minute session with an offender at Gracewell that Wyre had moved the man so far forward in his acceptance
and understanding of his crimes that it might have taken another therapist years to make the same mark.
considerable knowledge about offending which could be used not only in the rehabilitation of victims but also in the detection
and investigation of paedophile rings. So important was the latter to a criminal justice system inadequately equipped to prosecute
such offences that Wyre and his Gracewell colleagues became tutors and hosts to investigators, first from New Scotland Yard
and then from other UK police forces. However, there were local objections to the presence at Gracewell of so many convicted
child abusers under one roof, and trouble with funding, and the clinic was closed down in 1993.
In the mid-1990s
Wyre published Murder of Childhood, a book about Robert Black. In recent years he had worked more closely with fellow practitioners.
Steve Lowe, the director of Ray Wyre Independent Consultancy, said of him: "Ray was the sharpest man I have ever met.
He picked up on what was said, what was not said and what someone was feeling in a way that was at times quite disarming.
I think he achieved this often by looking very dishevelled, something of a Columbo figure. He also had a charm and a boyish
manner that people mistook at their peril. In terms of his work he could also ask the most direct questions and get answers."
Wyre was optimistic, cheerful and entirely obsessed by his work. He lectured widely, here and abroad, to audiences
of diplomats, government policymakers and investigators. In his spare time he was a talented poker player.
survived by his wife, Charmaine, and by three children from his first marriage.
Ray Wyre, sexual crime
consultant, was born on November 2, 1951. He died after a stroke on June 20, 2008, aged 56
A Live Wyre, 15 February 2006
A Live Wyre
False Allegations Action Scotland
15 February 2006
Ray Wyre credited
as a child protection expert and a sex crime consultant. He began his current career as a probation officer trained in social
work in UK prisons, in his past he trained to become a Baptist Minister. It is during his time at HMS Albany, that Wyre began
to branch away from accepted methods for handling those convicted of sex offences.
It was normal for a convicted
person to meet on a one to one basis with the Probation Officer, Wyre chose instead to give 3 or 4 the same appointment, though
he denied that he considered this to be a group. At the time, the Prison Officer's Association were unhappy with this,
as they felt it introduced unnecessary risks to the meetings.
The value of group therapy in these situations is
also disputed by research. It has been found in at least one study (Romero and Williams, 1983) that 'the addition of group
psychotherapy to conventional probation supervision did not significantly reduce sex offender recidivism'.
continued to pursue his own methods and in the 1980's began to influence social work child protection practices more heavily.
In 1988 he introduced the satanic element to the large scale Nottingham case. Having been contacted by Tim Tate,
journalist, Wyre passed on lists of 'satanic indicators' (lists of symptoms which are claimed to indicate the child
has been a victim of SRA) to the children's foster parents. He also briefed them on what to look for, encouraging the
foster parents to keep journals on the children's behaviour and anything the children discussed.
the subsequent enquiry into the case, Wyre was heavily criticised for his actions and influence on the case. As the
bizarre allegations became more and more fantastic, a rift formed between police investigating the case, who could
find no evidence supporting the allegations, and the social workers, who were adamant that this abuse had occurred.
Police refused to accept any further allegations, and refused to accept as evidence the journals that Wyre had urged the foster
parents to keep.
A committed believer in the SRA movement, Ray Wyre continued to spread his beliefs, as did other
workers swept up in the tide of hysteria. An associate of Wyre's, Pamela Klein, also lectured at joint training conferences
for police and social workers on the subject of SRA. Originally from Illinois, and a rape crisis worker, Klein's activities
had previously been criticised by an Illinois judge, who stated that she "was not a legitimate therapist" and that
she was not licensed to practice.
Wyre and Klein both were instrumental in spreading the SRA movement through Australia
and New Zealand. Klein’s list of indicators included bedwetting, a fear of ghosts and nightmares. Four of those involved
in the infamous McMartin pre-school scandal in the US, also targeted Australia and New Zealand. Almost immediately cases with
strikingly similar allegations to those already seen in the US and UK sprang up.
Despite being criticised for his
influence on the Nottingham case, and warnings that training workers to look for these indicators, and the methods used to
elicit the desired responses from the interviewees were dangerous and should be stopped, Wyre continued.
June 1994, another satanic ritual abuse case broke in Pembroke, Wales. It was revealed that workers in the case had attended
a 3 day conference held by Wyre.
It was in 1988 that Wyre set up the Gracewell Clinic in Birmingham, the first
clinic designed to treat men convicted of sex offences.
Men were referred to the Clinic for treatment following
an assessment, it also required (as with all SOTPs [Sex Offender Treatment Program]) that the men voluntarily agree to receiving
treatment, and that in doing so they admit guilt and responsibility for the offences of which they have been accused. In the
case of a man who has been sentenced, a refusal to admit guilt and to participate in a treatment programme can see him returned
to court and re-sentenced. A claim of innocence is never accepted as such, and instead is always considered as a denial by
the accuser to accept what he did.
In 'Men and Crime', Issue 13, Summer 1992, Wyre admitted that a
form of treatment used at the Gracewell Clinic, was that of 'masturbation satiation'. A technique originally devised
by W.L. Marshall, which makes use of deviant or illegal material as part of the therapy, and claimed by some to be effective
in reducing re-offending. It is a form of therapy which any innocent man would likely find upsetting and disturbing.
Though alternative therapies such as electro-shock aversion and foul odour are reported to be successful, researchers want
to see verbal or masturbatory satiation become a standard treatment. Wyre further recommends that treatment is mandatory.
Opinions on Wyre's methods include the following; "cognitive therapies have become confrontational and frankly
coercive." "(T)here is something of a culture shock for those with a foundation in traditional psychotherapy when
confronted with Wyre's methods." It is pointed out that there is no doctor-patient relationship, and none of the
confidentiality that medical ethics normally require.
Wyre claimed that at that time, no-one who had been treated
at Gracewell had re-offended. This is not the achievement that it appears to be. Wyre excludes from the outset, via the assessment,
anyone who he feels he cannot work with. If he chooses to refuse to treat someone who's behaviour is so far detached from
what would be expected from an average member of society, that there is little or no hope of rehabilitation, and instead
chooses to treat men who have little or no criminal evidence against them, it is no surprise that he can claim that none have
gone on to re-offend.
Incredibly, he has also admitted that the questionnaire which was used in the assessment
pack he provided the men with, received similar responses from the accused and from ordinary men in the community. Exactly
what value and purpose this questionnaire had if the answers were the same from all men is unclear. You could assume from
this that all men have the potential to act on deviant fantasies, or the accused he is treating are innocent.
indication that Wyre seems to have difficulty in differentiating between those who are innocent and those who are guilty is
shown in his list of 'characteristics of child sexual abusers', on an information leaflet published for child care
organisations in Australia.
- pro-offending attitudes
- insensitivity to child issues
to work with vulnerable children
- excessive attention given to a particular child or group of children
- taking children on trips
- isolates children from other adults
- photographs children
- use of contact therapies, massages, etc.
- regular trips to known "child sex tourism" countries
- appears to have no adult social life
- heavily involved in work but has poor relationships with colleagues
- gaps in references
- uses questionable language or phrases
Some of these indicators
would clearly apply to genuine offenders, however, most of these characteristics can also be applied to any normal, innocent
person. How many parents take their children on holiday, photograph them and buy them gifts? Some now use baby massage
as a way of soothing fretful infants. Social workers and child protection experts (of which Wyre is considered to be one)
have desires to work with vulnerable children. How many adults now have two or more jobs? With financial demands increasing,
this is more common, these adults, whether single, in a relationship or parents could be considered to have no social life
or heavily involved in work.
This list of indicators is at best unhelpful, at worst, dangerous.
Another controversial aspect of Wyre's treatment regards the conversion of some alleged abusers, into men
with homosexual relationships. He considers that it is better for men who are believed to have abused boys, and who appear
to be unable to conduct a relationship with a woman, to enter into homosexual relationships.
to treat men until it's closure in 1993, however Ray Wyre was not the only person working at Gracewell whose methods have
been considered controversial.
In August 2003, a woman (whose name was changed to prevent her being identified)
who had volunteered at Gracewell in the 1980's and continued to work there until it's closure, revealed what most
people would consider an unhealthy obsession with convicted men.
It was claimed that she was in love with the
men, some of whom where convicted child killers, with which she regularly corresponded and sometimes visited. She claimed
to provide them with emotional and financial support and that this benefited the men. Amongst those whom she considered to
be her friends, were Sidney Cooke and Robert Maudsley, who ate part of his victims brain with a spoon.
admitted to writing to Ian Huntley, charged with murdering the two Soham schoolgirls.
This woman, who was a psychology
student at the time of the report, also claimed to have been abused as a child, and who had fallen in love with her abuser.
The desire to befriend men such as Robert Maudsely came following her abusers rejection of her. "I love men because of
- not in spite of - what they have done." she said.
The fact that Wyre allowed a person with what
appear to be extremely bizarre, unresolved personal issues volunteer at Gracewell, is in stark contrast to the opinion he
voiced during a Care Standards Tribunal hearing last year.
A social worker who had worked in social care
with children for 30 years, brought an appeal against the decision made by Charles Clarke to place his name on the Protection
of Children Act List.
Though this social worker did not have any allegations made against him, and had no convictions
for any offences involving children, he had admitted to a colleague that he considered himself to be a paedophile, stressing
that he meant this in the literal sense of the word.
He had on one occasion considered seducing a young boy who
had been cleaning the social workers' car. It was also claimed that the social worker would have liked to access child
pornography, but never had done so.
Ray Wyre was called to give evidence as an expert witness. His evidence was
described as both "illuminating and unhelpful". Wyre's continual reference and comparison to other men he was
working with was considered a hindrance to understanding the case before the tribunal. It was pointed out that Wyre's
agency had not been involved in assisting the social worker, and the focus had to be on his case alone.
considered that the possibility that the social worker had abused in the past was small and even less so with regard to the
chance of his abusing in the future. At the same time, Wyre did accept that the element of sexual attraction towards boys
was "quite high".
His evidence then was favourable towards the social worker. Despite this, Wyre
admitted that he could not employ this person in his agency. He considered that he employs people to do a job and does not
expect them to bring "additional baggage". He would expect someone with personal problems to get professional help.
This did not prevent him continuing to allow the female volunteer referred to above, to assist at the Clinic,
with whom he had 'agreed to disagree' over their respective therapy techniques.
Though the appeal
was won by majority, the Chair took the unusual step of recording his dissenting views.
Wyre's opinions were
further questioned regarding snuff videos. He is quoted as having viewed snuff films first hand in America. Apparently however,
when contacted, he denied having seen one, and claimed that what he saw was instead a sophisticated simulation. Though he
insists that the FBI did have such films in their possession and claimed that they were available in England, both the FBI
and Scotland Yard dispute this.
The cult expert at the FBI's training academy at Quantico, Virginia, Ken Lanning,
has stated that in 20 years of searching, he has never found a documented case of a snuff film anywhere in the world.
Scotland Yard also denied their existence in England, a detective in the Obscene Publications Division is quoted as saying
"I'd be the first to know if there were any in Britain. There just aren't."
His current organisation,
Ray Wyre (UK) Ltd., is based in Milton Keynes and claims to provide services to the accused and their families. He and his
associates are regularly called to provide expert evidence in criminal cases in the UK and beyond. They claim to recognise
the importance for independent assessment and that this also leaves "the possibility that the alleged offender is innocent
of the allegations." The requirement for the accused to admit his guilt, together with Wyre's all-encompassing indicators
make this meaningless.
One former associate, Charles Fortt, was also a probation officer and had been the principal
therapist and clinic manager at Gracewell, is now an independent consultant on sex crime and domestic violence.
Wyre continues to be a regular speaker in conferences regarding child protection or the management of sex offenders (though
he does not consider an adult abuser who was abused as a child to be a 'sex offender'), in the UK and worldwide.
This month Wyre was in the news again, calling for a new organisation to be formed to tackle self-employed persons
who may be considered a risk to children. Working with him is Labour MP Dan Norris. Norris has a background in social work
and child protection. His allegations against colleagues whilst working as a teacher in a care home prior to his training
as a social worker, resulted in dismissals and the closure of the home.
Wyre is currently involved in
a prominent residential school case in Scotland.
Perpetrators of the myth: Ray Wyre, 14 October 2006
Satanic Media Watch and News Exchange
Written by Amina Olander Lap
Saturday, 14 October 2006
Wyre introduced the satanic dimension to the Nottingham child abuse investigation in the UK (Se the Satanic Ritual Abuse
section). He made four lecture tours in Australia and influenced the spread of belif in Satanic Ritual Abuse in
Satan's Excellent Adventure in the Antipodes). Ray Wyre trained to become a baptist minister before he became the head of a clinic for sex offenders (Source:
Child Abuse - or occult rituals).
Quotes on Ray Wyre:
[In connection with the Nottingham
Essentially all of the diary allegations were made by 4 children from three foster homes. It was only after
Ray Wyre briefed the foster parents with "Satanic indicators" on 1988-FEB-9 that the children started to
disclose stories about:
Wyer's services had been acquired by Social Services as an expert in SRA. His indicators of SRA came from an alleged expert
from the US, and included: "transportation to other places, animal sacrifices, drinking of blood, eating flesh, defiling
children with urine and feces, monsters and ghosts, a mysterious church, killing of children etc." Foster parents were
urged to ask their children about these indicators, and to document the results.
- strangers being involved in the abuse, and
- abuse happening outside their own homes
THE "NOTTINGHAM, UK" RITUAL ABUSE CASES by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
The Making of a Satanic Myth
[In connection with the Nottingham
According to Christine Johnston, a senior social worker, and Judith Dawson, the team leader, the children
began telling bizarre stories which they could not understand. They called in Ray Wyre, a former probation officer who runs
a clinic in Birmingham for sex offenders.
He gave them a list of "Satanic indicators", a profile of signs
and symptoms used by American police officers which he told the Independent on Sunday he was given by Pamela Klein, a Chicago
social worker who lectures on Satanic abuse.
Wyre had other literature on Satanic abuse from the United States,
where he had first studied child abuse in 1984. He had picked up some of the material himself on a visit in 1988; other information
he had been sent.
Mr Wyre says the social workers initially asked him if he knew anything about witchcraft because
the children were writing strange things in their diaries. he said he told the social workers and foster parents the sort
of things said by children who had been ritually abused.
Mr Wyre studied for three years in the early 1970s at
a Baptist bible college in Birmingham to become ordained as a minister, but chose probation work instead. He said his former
beliefs were not relevant to his work with sex offenders.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 14 October 2006 )
Ray Wyre's CV, 01 January 2007
Ray Wyre CV
(Note: website no longer exists)
Ray Wyre is an internationally acknowledged
expert in the field of sexual crime with additional specific expertise in major crime.
He began working with sex
offenders and other criminals as a member of the Probation Service in the 1970s. and between 1981 and 1986, developed one
of the first group work programmes for sex offenders in a top security prison. He left the Probation Service to establish
the 'Clinic for Sexual Counselling', a hospital based programme. In 1988 he founded the Gracewell Institute and Clinic
based in Birmingham. In 1991, he became a founder member of the Lucy Faithfull Foundation which took over the work of the
clinic – now the Wolvercote Clinic (now closed)– until it received Home Office and Department of Health support.
He established Ray Wyre Associates which was to become RWA (UK) a company that employs experts and consultants working with
all aspects of sexual abuse and interrelated crime. He resigned as Director from RWA (UK) in order to pursue other and similar
interests. He now heads up Ray Wyre Independent Consultancy where he is able to operate completely independently but at the
same time able to call on a number of experts in order to complete any extra work or tasks.
He now has regular
commissions in many parts of the world and has trained staff in Australia, Philippines, Tasmania, France, Norway, Finland,
Belgium, Italy, Sweden, Scotland, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, South Africa, Ireland and the USA.
He has worked in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan for the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and for the
United Nations (UN) in Kosovo.
He appears before the Courts as an independent expert witness for both the prosecution
and defence and as an advisor during criminal trials. He works closely with the Social Services departments of various Local
Authorities providing expert assessments of 'Schedule One' offenders, adolescents, women abusers and non-abusing mothers.
He also runs courses in staff selection and supervision of persons working with children and has been involved in a number
of inquiries where statutory workers have been accused of sexually abusing children. He assesses individuals who are facing
disciplinary action for professional misconduct in cases where there is to be no criminal prosecution.
closely with UK and other police forces in profiling, investigation and training police officers in interviewing techniques.
He has also assisted in live police major investigations, advising on case management, supporting interview teams as well
as directly interviewing suspects under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. He is qualified to undertake such interviews
in virtue of completing the Internal Police Investigative and Interviewing Course. He has given evidence in a number of high
profile Inquiries including evidence before the Royal Commission into the New South Wales police, The Nolan committee (enquiry
into the Catholic Church: England and Wales) The Ferns Enquiry (Enquiry into the catholic church: Ireland) the Dabb's
enquiry (Enquiry into abuse within Nursery schools) He has also been involved in major inquiries into the abuse within Children's
Homes. He has spoken to organisations on the effects of terrorism on the British Prison System and to organisations who have
to respond to the aftermath of terrorist attacks. Ray also offers training packages including "Combating trafficking"
which has become an increasing problem. His knowledge of other criminal groups has led to Mr Wyre giving advice on a number
of other non-sexual related crimes. This includes the interpretation of persons recorded on CCTV, police taped interviews
and advice on aspects of organised crime.
He is a consultant to a number of organisations developing appropriate
child protection protocols, clinical services or offering advice on sexual crime and abuse and other criminal issues. Major
contracts include, Stagecoach, a drama and theatre organisation with over 550 schools for children between 6 years and 16
years and Sportscoach. Other Service Level agreements services include First Choice holidays. In his independent capacity
Ray has a specific role within these organisations of helping these staff develop safe organisations. This has been an important
part of his work and helping institutions develop an "Arena of Safety" and an "Aware Culture" has become
a recent priority. The work includes the need to look at how corruption is used to control the environment and the need to
set up appropriate "Whistleblowing" procedures. He is also asked to assess individuals should there be an allegation
He has published numerous articles in professional journals and the press and has contributed chapters
on sex offending to a number of books on sex abuse. He is the author of "Women Men and Rape," "Working with
Sex Abuse", "Sexual Crime Analysis Report", "Murder Squad" co-author with Tim Tate for the "The
Murder of Childhood" and co-author with Derek Green, for the "Practitioners Guide Series". This series includes:
Interviewing Sex Offenders, Cycles of behaviour, The Aware Culture and "Arena of Safety" and the Sex Offender in
He has appeared and acted as a consultant to many TV programmes and commentaries and is a regular
contributor to international (BBC World) national and local television and radio news and features programmes, on subjects
such as the use of pornography, the management of sexual offenders in the community and other crime and security issues. His
desire to influence policy and public opinion through the use of the media is seen as an important part of his work.
He is a Churchill Fellow (1984) having researched in America the treatment of both sex offenders and their victims. He is
involved in a variety of training roles within statutory and voluntary agencies and runs courses on a number of interrelated
subjects. He is in much demand as a conference speaker both nationally and internationally.
Mr Wyre is also a qualified
Social Worker with a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW) and the Diploma in Social Work (DSW) and a Diploma
in Theology (Dip Th) From 1967-1974 he was a weapons system electrician in the Royal Navy. From 1971 -1974 he was a submariner
serving on both conventional and nuclear submarines. His contributions to personal, institutional and national security have
led to his election as a Member of the City of London Guild of Security Professionals.
Ray Wyre International Consultancy (RWIC)
Home of RWIC
RWIC (Note: website no longer exists)
It is with great regret that we at
Ray Wyre Independent Consultancy announce that our friend and colleague Ray has passed away. He was in many ways the founder
of this work and has been an inspiration for countless people, including his colleagues, over the years. His determination
to see work through is something that we at RWIC share, and we will continue to develop practice in his memory. We are an
organisation that is able to meet a variety of needs, providing individual experts and, where necessary, teams that are able
to meet complex institutional problems, these include:
[Original leader: 'Ray Wyre Independent Consultancy
is an organisation that is able to meet a variety of needs, providing individual experts and, where necessary, teams that
are able to meet complex institutional problems, these include:']
and treatment of individuals who are accused or are convicted of physical, sexual abuse and neglect.
The assessment and treatment of partners and extended family members who are related to the accused. Helping organisations develop
safe boundaries for the service user and their staff. This includes 24 hour telephone support. (The “Aware Culture” and “The
Arena of Safety”)
Audit of computers and if necessary
external monitoring of computers when individuals have misused them in the past but still need to use them in the future This monitoring
is available to ordinary businesses that are concerned about computer usage. A wide range of
courses available to organisations. These training courses are normally carried out within the organisation requesting the
training. The assessment and treatment of adolescents On-going block work and individual tailored
assessment/treatment programmes for those where there is an identified need. A
web forum where relevant issues can be discussed and concerns highlighted.
Employment opportunities with RWIC.
Nothing can stop a determined abductor, but there is a chance the child is still
alive, 07 May 2007
Nothing can stop a determined abductor, but there is a chance the child is still alive
By Dominic Kennedy
May 7, 2007
Madeleine McCann was abducted by a paedophile, there is a chance that she is still alive and can be saved by sensitive policing,
according to Ray Wyre, a sexual crimes consultant.
"Lately, there have been more and more cases where there
has been an element of planning and an attempt to keep the child alive," he said.
The most notorious such
case involved the Belgian paedophile Marc Dutroux who kidnapped a 12-year-old girl in 1996 and kept her in a cellar for 80
days, a victim of abuse.
In Britain, Alan Hopkinson, a convicted paedophile, kidnapped two 10-year-old girls in
1999 and held them in his flat in Eastbourne for three days, subjecting them to assaults. They were rescued by police.
To maximise the possibility of finding Madeleine alive, police must avoid doing anything to make the kidnapper panic.
If he believes that they are about to move in and catch him, he may become so alarmed that he kills the child to stop her
being a witness.
Dutroux was jailed on his victim's testimony.
Sometimes children are kidnapped
by barren or bereaved women or couples desperate to become parents. "That would offer great hope because the child would
be looked after," Mr Wyre said.
But the way Madeleine disappeared suggests a more sinister purpose. Her younger
twin brother and sister were left in cots beside her. Yet a baby would have been much easier to snatch and hide.
Mr Wyre has worked closely with the notorious serial sex killer Robert Black, who murdered at least three girls by snatching
them into his van. He is suspected of killing a dozen children around Britain.
The expert said that paedophiles
were attracted by perfect-looking children like blonde Madeleine. If sex was the motive, she may have been chosen for her
appearance. Children abducted by paedophiles have often been killed a few hours later or, at most, within the day. A child
stolen for sex is often dead before anyone even reports they have gone.
Portugal is known to attract British paedophiles.
A ring of 20 Britons set up there around 1990, filming sex acts with local boys and sending the tapes to Belgium and the Netherlands.
Some were later jailed in England. The case helped to persuade the British Government to make it illegal for Britons to have
sex with underage children abroad.
Mr Wyre went to Lisbon and became involved in the aftermath of that investigation.
"There were still lots of connections and other things going on," he said. "There have always been British
paedophiles operating in Portugal."
Although Madeleine's parents will be feeling guilty for leaving her,
Mr Wyre said that nothing can stop a determined paedophile except his capture.
What the Portuguese police must do, 10 May 2007
What the Portuguese police must do
By Ray Wyre
Last Updated: 2:06am BST 10/05/07
I have worked with men who have abducted and killed children. Often, their capture has
failed to save the child and has not come about through good police work.
The planning needed to take the child
can not be overestimated. It was clear from the beginning in Portugal that we were dealing with an abduction and the need
to "think offender" was essential.
What was his motivation? How would he initiate contact and target
the child? How would he control the environment to evade discovery?
Portuguese police cannot ignore the UK's
experience in such cases. In the early '90s a British paedophile group filmed the sexual abuse of Portuguese boys.
At one stage the Americans were so concerned about the role of British paedophiles in Portugal that I was approached
about the targeting of schools there. International co-operation should be part of police thinking.
is no culture of community policing in Portugal and they have laws that prevent the discussion of cases. This is clearly the
wrong way round. The media are essential in passing co-ordinated and directed information to the community.
this case, speculation is rife, confused messages are likely to be given.
The parents will be feeling guilty for
leaving the children and even a half hour is a long time if a child wakes up and starts to cry immediately after one leaves
This could, possibly, lead to a woman on her own, who has lost a child, saying to herself wrongly that
the parents did not care for this child and deciding to take the girl home. No paedophile, no conspiracy - just a lonely woman.
The window of opportunity for the abductor means that the information given by the parents has to be very accurate.
Police must help them to say exactly how long it was since they last saw their child.
The parents need to know
that if this was an offender who planned the abduction then there is probably nothing they could have done.
asked an abductor who had killed girls how we could stop him. He said: "I suppose you would have to chain a child to
the mother." But he added: "No, that would not work. I would take both."
Wyre is an expert in sexual crime who worked in the UK Probation Service in the 1970s before specialising in programmes for
'We're not going back without Madeleine', 27 May 2007
'But what is perhaps worse than the country's lax policing is its complete sense of denial that
is has a problem with paedophiles. According to Ray Wyre, an acknowledged expert on sexual crimes, Portugal attracts huge
numbers of them. He has been to the country several times helping track down paedophile rings. "British paedophiles have
always operated there," he says. "If a child was being snatched on behalf of a barren couple, they would probably
have taken one of the twins," he says. "The sad thing is that paedophiles are attracted to beautiful little girls,
especially blondes, like Madeleine."'
'We're not going back without Madeleine'
By Olga Craig in Praia da Luz
Last Updated: 12:34am BST 27/05/07
They are the first thing Kate and Gerry McCann see every morning as they leave their Algarve apartment to take their
toddler twins to the creche: the enormous poster pictures appealing for any scrap of information on their missing four-year-old
In the early days, Kate took comfort from seeing the impish, smiling face of her eldest child,
who was snatched while she slept in the family's holiday apartment in the sleepy fishing of Praia da Luz. Not so this
It is now 24 days since Madeleine vanished, and time and the blazing sunshine have taken their toll on
the posters. The corners are curling, the poignant words describing Madeleine are faded and grey and the posters torn and
They are a daily reminder that, thanks to the bungled investigation by Portuguese police, which consists
of little more than vague sightings, the McCanns are no closer to finding their cherished child than they were on the night
of May 3 when Kate, 38, went to check on her sleeping children and found her daughter missing.
Though the McCanns
have tried to steer clear of criticising the appallingly poor Portuguese investigation, wary of alienating the detectives
upon whom they have been forced to depend, they realise that, if they are ever to see Madeleine again, they must seize control
Which is exactly what they are doing. In the past fortnight, the couple have surrounded themselves with
a high-powered team of legal and press advisers who have but one aim in mind: keeping Madeleine McCann alive in the minds
of the public.
"The press help has been wonderful," Gerry, 38, told me yesterday morning, "but we
know it can't last forever; we know that other news events will overtake Madeleine's abduction. So we have had to
take control and to do that. Publicising our search for our daughter is vital."
Yesterday, after a rushed
visit to a children's playground with Amelie and Sean, their two-year-old twins, the pair sat down in their apartment
in the Mark Warner complex in Praia to study CVs. Their first appointments, they realise, will be crucial. They need both
a campaign manager and a fund manager. And they need them now.
With more than £300,000 in the "find
Madeleine" fund, they want to spend every penny carefully. "There is nothing more I would like to see than Madeleine
walking in so we could use the fund to find other missing children," Gerry says. But he must know that the likelihood
of that is fading daily.
Their first mission will be a series of trips around Europe in the hope of keeping Madeleine's
profile high. "Spain will be first, probably Madrid and Seville," he explains. "The majority of tourists who
come to Portugal come from there. After that it will be Berlin, beginning in a fortnight, and then Holland. We lived in Amsterdam
for a year, so we already have a good network of support there." The idea will be to meet politicians and child charities,
anyone, as Gerry says, who can help keep Madeleine's haunting image in the public eye.
Before they go, however,
the couple have the difficult task of explaining the disappearance of their elder sister to the twins. "They still think
they are on holiday and that Madeleine is on a trip," Kate says. "They wave and blow kisses at pictures of Madeleine
on the television. When we buy ice creams, we buy five. But they have to have a normal childhood and next week a child psychologist
will be coming out to advise us on the best way of explaining things to them."
It is a wise decision. Police
in Portugal have hinted that, such is their dearth of information, one possible way forward would be to try to gently coax
information from the twins, who may have caught a glimpse of Madeleine's kidnapper. Any such interviews would have to
be highly sensitive and it is likely that if the family were to agree, they would want a team of highly skilled professionals
"The difficulty is that the McCann twins are so very young, barely talking yet," says Irene
Mitchell, a child psychologist in Oxford. "It's true that, for example, in the murder of Lin Russell, her daughter
Josie, though seriously injured, was able, through careful coaxing, to give police vital information. The problem in this
case is that it is highly likely the twins were asleep when their sister was taken."
The McCanns still cling
to the hope that their daughter is still in Portugal, which is why they intend to keep their base in the country. And when
they moved to an apartment near to the one from which Madeleine was abducted, they unpacked their missing daughter's clothes,
too, laying out her pyjamas on what would have been her bed.
But, as they point out, the border roads were not
closed until 10am on the morning of May 4, 12 hours after Madeleine was snatched. To leave permanently without Madeleine would
be like abandoning her, the heartbroken couple believe. "When we go home," Kate insists, "it will be as a family
Her husband is even more emphatic. "There is no way we are going home without Madeleine,"
he says with quiet vehemence. "This is not a time for grieving. We believe she is still alive, so grief is not the appropriate
emotion. We are absolutely determined to get her back. It's a bit like we are waging a war. It's a backs-to-the-wall
Publicity back at home in Britain is a part of that war, they believe. Last week, the couple issued
a home-made video, a collage of charming moments from Madeleine's life, with a backing track of the Simple Minds'
hit Don't You Forget About Me. Cinema owners are considering showing the short film before every screening and of putting
fresh posters in all their venues.
British police have been openly critical of the Portuguese police, accusing
them of failing to secure the crime scene and not taking seriously the idea that Madeleine had been snatched rather than simply
wandered off. That failure may have allowed her abductor to whisk her out of the country. Just yesterday, the former Surrey
police officer Mark Williams-Thomas, who helped the Portuguese police in the early days of their search, said that the investigation
had hit a brick wall. "Those first few days were vital, they should have been searching every hotel room," he said.
Instead, hours were lost.
But what is perhaps worse than the country's lax policing is its complete sense of
denial that is has a problem with paedophiles. According to Ray Wyre, an acknowledged expert on sexual crimes, Portugal attracts
huge numbers of them. He has been to the country several times helping track down paedophile rings. "British paedophiles
have always operated there," he says. "If a child was being snatched on behalf of a barren couple, they would probably
have taken one of the twins," he says. "The sad thing is that paedophiles are attracted to beautiful little girls,
especially blondes, like Madeleine."
The McCanns, meanwhile, refuse to contemplate the horrific possibility
that they might have lost their daughter forever. They remain resolute in their faith that Madeleine will come home. "You
have to steer away from the negative," says Gerry. "Going through the scenarios doesn't help us, it destroys
Today the family of four will make their weekly pilgrimage to the Lady of the Light chapel in Praia da
Luz to say mass for Madeleine. And to pray that they return to England as a family of five.
After three long months without their daughter, what now for the McCanns?, 28 July
After three long months without their daughter, what now for the McCanns?
By David Jones
Last Updated at 09:10am on 28th July 2007
- Extract -
'However, according to Ray Wyre, an expert on paedophilia who advised detectives on
the Fred and Rose West murder investigation, the decision to keep Madeleine at the top of the news agenda could have serious
"There are two potential scenarios," he told me. "If you are Madeleine's parents,
it is understandable to want publicity because it might bring information.
"And it means you are not dealing
with bereavement; you are dealing with a lost child.
"On the other hand, if Madeleine is in captivity, a high-profile
campaign could make her position even worse.
"Her captor may feel it necessary to shut her away for longer
periods to avoid her being recognised.
"There's also the possibility that the abductor - or killer - may
be watching the McCanns and getting kicks out of what they are doing.
"If you are dealing with a sadist, publicity
can become part of the problem. As awful as these possibilities are, they should be assessed carefully."
the McCanns are receiving psychological help, these risks must have been taken into account.
Mr Wyre also expressed
a concern that, as in so many cases of family trauma, the strain of losing Madeleine might adversely affect the twins and
cause cracks in the McCanns' relationship.
Happily, in this regard at least, Gerry McCann's mother has
"I know a lot of people split up in situations like theirs, but no way," she said.
"Gerry adores Kate, and she adores him. They were very much in love before, and they still are. I can see in their
manner towards each other that it's still there.
"They are saying that all that matters is the twins until
they get Madeleine back.
"They spend more time with them than ever. Kate is there at bath-time, lunch-time,
dinner-time and bed-time. At the beginning, she wasn't able to do that."'
Madeleine blog on Ray Wyre's website, 25 September 2007
Madeleine blog on Ray Wyre's website raywyre.uk.com
(no longer registered)
Having just come back from mainland Europe where I had been looking at the possible rape
of two children I was made very aware of the differences in not only the legal system but also the way that police investigate
Whilst some of what happened was very good one began to ask the question as to whether or not one
could take the best of the criminal investigation systems and the best of the legal systems and develop a more harmonised
approach. Why do we for example want the European Union to standasise so much, but still leave legal and policing systems
The McCanns case is a prime example. Whilst secrecy in police investigation, is important, one needs
to recognise that for some crimes one has to have a different approach. It is not good enough to say that this is the law
in Portugal. If it is, it needs to change. Child abduction is not one of those crimes that needs the police to be secretive.
its about the police co-ordinating all of the information inclusing press releases. Including what the McCanns say. Filtering
information and using it. The police need the eyes and the ears of the community and therefore they should be like the director
of the play. Co-ordinating all of the information.Informing the public, They will still hold onto information but how they
use it will be part of the Senior invesigators remit. If as in Portugal they do not, the press, the family, the general public
will become the detectives. Speculation will be rife. One will never know whether we are dealing with leaked information or
with just speculation. We will be like a rudderless boat at the mercy of the wind.
In my opinion the McCanns have
been failed in so many ways, and even now to have to employ media representatives, their own private detectives is indicativbe
of what happens when the police fail to control the investigation. However as loss is a different motive to bereavement one
can see how and why it is happened. However even their campaign should be directed by information coming into the enquiry.
I have worked with men who abduct and kill children I have some knowledge of this type of crime. I have been asked
by the press many times to provide a profile, to assess whether or not the McCanns have killed the children. How does one
even begin to answer the questions if one does not have access to the police intelligence and investigation . To comment on
profiling can be irresponsible and part of the problem.
I have no idea as to the accuracy of anything. One often
thinks when you see a headline . "Madeline seen in car at garage just after the abduction" as to why someone who
has abducted a child had not thought before the abduction to fill up with petrol before they grabbed Madeline and why go into
a high risk situation. Infact most of the headlines i see do not take into consideration the words "think offender".
However for those police officers and pyschologists in Englnad that may have had access to the enquiry and for the forensic
units to have information but to then follow portugese guidelines on secrecy is a problem. Even if forensics who have a context
for the DNA do not believe that the DNA in the boot of the car is proof of the McCanns killing their child they are unable
to say. Instead we specualte, Why would they, if they were offenders, remove a child that had been hidden so well that no
one during the earlier intensive searches suddenly bring the body out of hiding and hide it somewhere else with all of the
risks involved? "think offender* As such the McCanns continue to go through the pain of losing their daughter, being
accused and seeing the focus removed from "looking for their daughter" It is not good enough for a European country
to say "its our law". If the law is causing a problem as I believe it clearly has in this type of case than it needs
to be changed. Community policing v military style secretive policing has in my opinion never been debated in the European
parliament. If im wrong please let me know.
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25th, 2007 at 9:45 am
Exclusive: McCanns are 'totally innocent', 27 January 2008
EXCLUSIVE: MCCANNS ARE 'TOTALLY INNOCENT'
By Marcello Mega And Daniel Jones
27 January 2008
EXCLUSIVE TRUTH ABOUT THE McCANNS: BY TOP UK CRIME CRACKER
Kate and Gerry played NO part in the disappearance
of their daughter Madeleine, one of the world's top crime experts declared last night.
Ray Wyre - who has given
Cracker-style testimony to courts since the 1970s - said: "It is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE for them to have been involved."
He insisted the grief-stricken parents were incapable of doing anything to harm their children.
how the couple feared Maddie was dead in the hours after she vanished - the first time their initial anguish has been revealed.
And he heaped scorn on claims the McCanns are being torn apart by the tragedy, adding: "They are a close and
Wyre spoke out as it was revealed Portuguese cops now believe four-year-old Maddie may have
been abducted - as Kate and Gerry have always claimed.
The couple met Wyre, 56, to discuss setting up an international
taskforce to help cops trace missing children.
They poured out their hearts to him and his wife Charmaine over
dinner at the ace criminologists's home in Milton Keynes, Bucks.
Wyre - who's helped nail a string of monsters
including child-killer Robert Black - said: "I was with them for several hours and I could not help but apply some of
the practices I use when I'm carrying out assessments of suspects for police and the courts.
"I can state
categorically there is no way they were involved in their daughter's murder or disappearance.
be incapable of such an act.
"I have more than 30 years' experience in this field and am used to people
trying to hide dark secrets.
"There was NO sign of any such deceit. It is absolutely impossible for them to
have been involved."
And Wyre paid a moving tribute to the way the 39-year-old couple manage to think of other
people even though their hearts are broken.
He said: "It was humbling and moving to meet the McCanns.
"They brought flowers for my wife, which brought tears to our eyes.
"You consider what they've
been through and they still bring flowers when they come to your home."
Wyre hit out at shocking claims of
eating disorders and marriage rifts made about Kate and heart specialist Gerry, whose twins Sean and Amelie have just turned
He said: "It can't have helped while they've had this massive tragedy on their hands.
"Days before we met I was reading an ill-informed article saying they were growing apart.
are a close and loving couple who are certainly united in their roles of being good parents to the twins and maintaining momentum
in their quest to find Madeleine.
"There is no doubt they are a couple - they are together and they support
and comfort one another.
"They were very warm and friendly to each other and there was no sign of dispute
"During the meal, Gerry often put his armround the back of Kate's chair.
were affectionate to one another all the time. They looked very much together.
"As for any suggestion Kate
might have an eating disorder, it's nonsense. She sat down to my wife's home-made lasagne and garlic bread with a
smile and really enjoyed it .
"And she tucked into the banoffee pie for pudding like the rest of us."
Wyre told how for 72 hours after Maddie vanished in Praia da Luz on May 3 last year the McCanns were certain their
daughter was dead.
Their despair has never been made public before - and Wyre blasted critics who insist they have
not expressed enough grief.
He said: "For three days, all they could see in their minds was Madeleine lying
"They were in complete agreement she'd been taken by a predator, abused and killed.
were certain they would never see her alive again. The image of her lying murdered hardly left them and they expected at any
time to receive the news that her body had been found.
"When three days passed and that had not happened,
they began to feel the stirring of hope.
"They reasoned it was most likely that if someone had seized her
to abuse and kill her, her body would probably have been nearby and would have been found.
to cling to that hope - but they are also prepared for the worst.
"However, as long as she remains missing
I know they will not rest in their efforts to find her."
Wyre also told The People how GP Kate is so dedicated
to answering the flood of emails she gets every day about Maddie she sometimes gets up at 4am to deal with them all.
His tribute came as detectives in Portugal finally admitted they could be WRONG in their belief that the McCanns - from
Rothley, Leics - were involved in Maddie's disappearance.
Prosecutors had named the couple as official suspects
And since then police have been hellbent on trying to prove Kate and Gerry had hidden their daughter's
body after the youngster died in their Algarve holiday apartment.
Investigators even claimed they had enough evidence
to charge the couple just three weeks ago.
But yesterday police sources admitted the McCanns may have been telling
the truth all along.
And detectives are now set to review the case and quiz all the witnesses again.
amazing about-turn comes after a British laboratory said DNA tests carried out on blood samples found in the Praia da Luz
flat and the couple's hire-car had been inconclusive.
The theory Maddie had been kidnapped was also given another
boost last week with the release of a sketch of a possible suspect.
A source told Portuguese newspaper 24 Horas:
"There are now two hypotheses on the table - abduction or accidental death.
"There are no concrete proofs
to charge the current suspects.
"No line of inquiry can be discounted - but the first hypothesis is the most
The McCanns' family spokesman Clarence Mitchell told The People last night: "We welcome
any movement on the part of the police that accepts Madeleine was abducted - because that's what happened.
ridiculous we've had to wait this long for any indication they believe Kate and Gerry are telling the truth.
"The sooner the police realise they don't have a case against them, the sooner they focus on finding Madeleine
- which is what this investigation should be about."
Find the Madeleine Monster, 27 January 2008
FIND THE MADELEINE MONSTER
By Daniel Jones
27 January 2008
TRUTH ABOUT THE McCANNS: BY TOP
UK CRIME CRACKER
Maddie's little brother and sister are learning to cope with their devastating loss by playing
a game called Find The Monster Who Snatched Her.
And three-year-old twins Sean and Amelie are also playing a vital
role in keeping their mum and dad focused, according to top criminologist Ray Wyre.
He told The People last night:
"I think having other very young children has given Kate and Gerry the strength to go on.
"It must be
hard for them because the twins are now almost the same age as Maddie was when she was taken.
"But they are
clearly a bundle of energy and fun.
"They still talk about Madeleine and even bring her into their games."
Wyre went on: "Kate and Gerry told me they were sitting together the other day when the twins rushed into the
room screaming and shouting.
"They asked what they were up to and the twins told them they were going to go
and find the monster that took Maddie.
"Then they dashed off to play the game."
"Of course, it's a very sad story.
"But it's healthy that Madeleine remains a real presence in